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Ophiodon elongatus (Lingcod; Leopard cod; Green cod; Cultus cod; Buffalo cod; Blue cod)

Synonyms: Oplopoma pantherina
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Wikipedia Abstract

The lingcod or ling cod (Ophiodon elongatus), also known as the buffalo cod or cultus cod, is a fish of the greenling family Hexagrammidae. It is the only extant member of the genus Ophiodon. A slightly larger, extinct species, Ophiodon ozymandias, is known from fossils from the Late Miocene of Southern California.
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Adult Weight [1]  71.662 lbs (32.505 kg)
Brood Dispersal [2]  In a nest
Brood Egg Substrate [2]  Speleophils (rock cavity)
Brood Guarder [2]  Yes
Maximum Longevity [4]  20 years
Migration [3]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap



Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; Gulf of Alaska; Gulf of California; Mexico; Northeast Pacific: Shumagin Islands in the western Gulf of Alaska to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Possibly occurring in the Bering Sea (Ref. 6793).; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; USA (contiguous states);

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2Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
3Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
4Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Tinus, Craig A. (2012) Prey preference of lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus), a top marine predator: implications for ecosystem-based fisheries management. Fishery Bulletin, 110(2), pp. 193-204.
7Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Ecological Informatics 29(1): 45-56. Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Data from: Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Dryad Digital Repository.
8CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
9Feeding Habits of the Dungeness Crab Cancer magister as Determined by the Index of Relative Importance, B. G. Stevens, D. A. Armstrong and R. Cusimano, Marine Biology 72, 135-145 (1982)
10Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
11Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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